Heinrich Himmler

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Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler, 1962

Heinrich Himmler, 1970s

Heinrich Himmler, In V&J
Date of Birth7th October 1900
Place of BirthMunich, Bavaria, German Empire
Age at start61
Nationality German (Burgundy)
Political PartyNSDAP-Himmlerite
Ideology Burgundian System

Heinrich Luitpold Himmler (not to be confused with Reinhard Heydrich, the Deutsch-SS Leader) born on the 7 October 1900 in Munich, Bavaria in the German Empire. Formerly the head of the Schutzstaffel, after the failed SS Rebellion, he has been sent to his own territories to rule over. Now, he is the Reichsführer-SS and leader of the Ordensstaat Burgund.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Himmler was born into a conservative middle class Catholic family in Bavaria. Joseph Gerhard Himmler was his father and Anna Maria Himmler was his mother. He began training with the Landshut Cadet Corps, since his father used his connections with the Royal Family to make him an Officer. His brother, Gebhard, served on the Western Front of the First World War and saw combat, receiving the Iron Cross and eventually being promoted to lieutenant.

In November 1918, while Himmler was still in training, the war ended with Germany's defeat, denying him the opportunity to become an officer or see combat. After his discharge on 18 December, he returned to Landshut. After the war, Himmler completed his grammar-school education. From 1919 to 1922, he studied agriculture at the Munich Technische Hochschule (Tehnical School) following a brief apprenticeship on a farm and a subsequent illness.

Although the many regulations that discriminated against non-Christian minorities had been eliminated during the unification of Germany in 1871, antisemitism continued to exist and thrive in Germany and other parts of Europe.

Himmler was antisemitic by the time he went to university, but not exceptionally so; students at his school would avoid their Jewish classmates. He remained a devout Catholic while a student and spent most of his leisure time with members of his fencing fraternity, the "League of Apollo", the president of which was Jewish. Himmler maintained a polite demeanor with him and with other Jewish members of the fraternity, in spite of his growing antisemitism.

During his second year at university, Himmler redoubled his attempts to pursue a military career. Although he was not successful, he was able to extend his involvement in the paramilitary scene in Munich. It was at this time that he first met Ernst Röhm, an early member of the Nazi Party and co-founder of the Sturmabteilung ("Storm Battalion"; SA). Himmler admired Röhm because he was a decorated combat soldier, and at his suggestion Himmler joined his antisemitic nationalist group, the Bund Reichskriegsflagge (Imperial War Flag Society).

In 1922, Himmler became more interested in the "Jewish question", with his diary entries containing an increasing number of antisemitic remarks and recording a number of discussions about Jews with his classmates. His reading lists, as recorded in his diary, were dominated by antisemitic pamphlets, German myths, and occult tracts. After the murder of Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau on 24 June, Himmler's political views veered towards the radical right, and he took part in demonstrations against the Treaty of Versailles. Hyperinflation was raging, and his parents could no longer afford to educate all three sons. Disappointed by his failure to make a career in the military and his parents' inability to finance his doctoral studies, he was forced to take a low-paying office job after obtaining his agricultural diploma. He remained in this position until September 1923.

Career in the SS[edit | edit source]

Himmler joined the Nazi Party on 1 August 1923, receiving party number 14303. As a member of Röhm's paramilitary unit, Himmler was involved in the Beer Hall Putsch—an unsuccessful attempt by Hitler and the Nazi Party to seize power in Munich. This event would set Himmler on a life of politics. He was questioned by the police about his role in the putsch but was not charged because of insufficient evidence. However, he lost his job, was unable to find employment as a farm manager, and had to move in with his parents in Munich. Frustrated by these failures, he became ever more irritable, aggressive, and opinionated, alienating both friends and family members.

In 1923–24, Himmler, while searching for a world view, came to abandon Catholicism and focused on the occult and in antisemitism. Germanic mythology, reinforced by occult ideas, became a religion for him. Himmler found the Nazi Party appealing because its political positions agreed with his own views. Initially, he was not swept up by Hitler's charisma or the cult of Führer worship. However, as he learned more about Hitler through his reading, he began to regard him as a useful face of the party, and he later admired and even worshipped him. To consolidate and advance his own position in the Nazi Party, Himmler took advantage of the disarray in the party following Hitler's arrest in the wake of the Beer Hall Putsch. From mid-1924 he worked under Gregor Strasser as a party secretary and propaganda assistant. Travelling all over Bavaria agitating for the party, he gave speeches and distributed literature. Placed in charge of the party office in Lower Bavaria by Strasser from late 1924, he was responsible for integrating the area's membership with the Nazi Party under Hitler when the party was re-founded in February 1925.

That same year, he joined the Schutzstaffel (SS) as an SS-Führer (SS-Leader); his SS number was 168. The SS, initially part of the much larger SA, was formed in 1923 for Hitler's personal protection and was re-formed in 1925 as an elite unit of the SA. Himmler's first leadership position in the SS was that of SS-Gauführer (district leader) in Lower Bavaria from 1926. Strasser appointed Himmler deputy propaganda chief in January 1927. As was typical in the Nazi Party, he had considerable freedom of action in his post, which increased over time. He began to collect statistics on the number of Jews, Freemasons, and enemies of the party, and following his strong need for control, he developed an elaborate bureaucracy. In September 1927, Himmler told Hitler of his vision to transform the SS into a loyal, powerful, racially pure elite unit. Convinced that Himmler was the man for the job, Hitler appointed him Deputy Reichsführer-SS, with the rank of SS-Oberführer.

Around this time, Himmler joined the Artaman League, a Völkisch youth group. There he met Rudolf Höss, who was later commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, and Walther Darré, whose book The Peasantry as the Life Source of the Nordic Race caught Hitler's attention, leading to his later appointment as Reich Minister of Food and Agriculture. Darré was a firm believer in the superiority of the Nordic race, and his philosophy was a major influence on Himmler.

It was here that Himmler achieved and centralised power in the Schutzstaffel, making it a force to be reckoned with, through its business holdings, Waffen-SS Units, Loyal Units as well as operating the concentration camps.

World War 2[edit | edit source]

Himmler played an instrumental role in winning World War II for Germany, as by 1939, the SS bad ballooned into various branches involved in administration, combat and extermination. SS units would be raised to fight in combat, such as Waffen-SS units formed from the defeated nations, as well as the formation of Einsatzgruppen units, instrumental in keeping order and enforcing the Final Solution in the occupied territories of the new Reichkommisariats formed from Operation Barbarossa.

He was essential to the Nazi Administration, as one of the architects for the Final Solution in Generalplan Ost, as well as ensuring that the money and assets acquired from the occupied territories and deported populations funded the war economy, allowing the German economy to reap the spoils of war. However, these new spoils of war would soon turn Himmler into a raving madman.

SS Coup[edit | edit source]

Main Article: SS Rebellion

As the German Economy crashed during the mid-1950s, Himmler slowly saw the Reich as a degenerate, decaying mess, who had abandoned the ideals of National Socialism. It was here that he would form a plan to seize control of the Reich with his SS units that were loyal to him, allowing him to oust Hitler and the other contenders for Fuhrer, and implement his own style of National Socialism over the entire Reich.

Along with fellow SS Generals and Officers, they would plan what would be known as the SS Rebellion, taking advantage of the West Russian War to position troops in various regions such as in West Russia, Germania and various cities.

Himmler would kickstart the SS coup against Hitler whilst the chaos of the West Russian War was ongoing. Despite the coup attempt almost succeeding, the plans would be revealed by General Hans Spiedel, which with Wehrmacht Generals managed to defeat the SS units that planned to attack them from the rear.

Meanwhile in Germania, in an act of possibly saving the nation from further strife and due to the pressing issue of the West Russian War, Hitler offered him a compromise. Himmler's own personal fiefdom, formerly a dream of his, to run the regions of Belgium and Northern France in return for peace. In addition, Hitler would see that the SS would split into two distinct organisations, with the Deutsch-SS under Reinhard Heydrich and the Burgundische-SS under Heinrich Himmler, in return for an oath from Himmler that he was not to intervene in Germany's politics, which he accepted begrudgingly.

Despite now having his own personal fiefdom, Himmler waits in the shadows of Burgundy, waiting for his next move to strike.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In OTL, Himmler was the leader of the SS, however he died in 1945 after killing himself with a suicide pill in British custody. However, some people say that he died another way, due to no cyanide being found in his teeth, with some absurd theories even stating that he escaped Germany and left a fake body behind.